Police Identify Body Found In Burning Van

WEST MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) – Miami-Dade police identified the dead body discovered in a burned out vehicle in West Miami-Dade on August 4.

Police identified the man as 82-year-old Amador Lorenzo Ruiz of Hialeah. No further information, including how Ruiz died, was not released.

According to investigators, police were called out to investigate a vehicle fire at 1200 NW 137th Avenue around 11:30 p.m. on August 4 due to a burning van inside a rock quarry at the Cemex Cement Plant.

Once Miami-Dade firefighters put the fire out, the body was found inside the burnt out van.

Detectives said the body was charred right down to the bones, which made it impossible at first for investigators to determine if the deceased was a man or a woman.

“It appears at this time that the body was located in the drivers’ side of the vehicle,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Javier Baez. “How this person got there or how this occurred we still don’t know.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477.



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